|It's got a fun, quirky cover to go with its fun,|
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publish Date: Jan 2 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (TSPoLaFS, for short—not that that is short, really...) is author Jennifer E. Smith's latest novel. (Follow her on Twitter!)
TSPoLaFS is one of those books that you see and for some reason you just know you want to read it. And even though it might just have the longest title ever, it is a really quick and fun read.
It tells the story of teenage Hadley, on route to her dad's wedding. In England. To a woman who is NOT her mother. Needless to say, Hadley has feelings about this. She's mad at her dad for leaving her mother and mad at Charlotte, her dad's bride, for stealing her dad away in the first place. But mostly, Hadley is just mad at her dad for leaving her and moving to England.
When Hadley misses her flight and gets bumped back to the next flight, she thinks it's the worst thing in the world. Now it's going to look like she's trying to ruin the wedding on purpose. Not that she even wants to go anyway, but still. You don't ruin your father's wedding, no matter what the reason. But then she meets the gorgeous Oliver. And it would just figure that he's from England. He has the accent and everything. He's also sitting next to her on the plane. For the entire fifteen hour flight.
Could twenty-four hours be enough time to fix a broken relationship, come to terms with change, attend a wedding, crash a funeral, and maybe even fall in love?
I fell in love with TSPoLaFS almost from the get-go. I couldn't help myself. I related to Hadley and Oliver and loved learning about each of them through their shared stories and small talk. I was rooting for them from that very first moment. Their characters were both flawed and dysfunctional in their own ways, but they helped each other through it, mostly just by being there for each other at the right time. And isn't that what fate is all about? Placing people in each other's paths at the right time?
I'm not the biggest fan of third person narrative. I don't really know why, just something about it usually puts me off. But for this book it just worked. The story jumps back and forth between present time and Hadley's memories, so the third person perspective kept it easy to read and follow along.
To be honest, it was possibly my favorite romance I've read since Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. If you're looking for a cute romance with a lot of heart look no further than The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!
Fun Fact: After reading TSPoLaFS, my sister, Taylor, made me buy her this ring, because it reminded her of Oliver. She loved the book THAT much!